Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
Kevin Barnett is a Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute. He has led research and fieldwork in hospital community benefit and health workforce diversity at PHI for over two decades, working with hospitals, government agencies, and community stakeholders across the country.
Recent work includes a study of community health assessments and implementation strategies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a national initiative funded by the Kresge Foundation to align and focus investments by hospitals, other health sector stakeholders, and financial institutions in low income communities.
Current work includes a partnership with The Governance Institute and Stakeholder Health with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build place-based population health knowledge among hospital board members and senior leadership, a national study of hospital interventions to address food insecurity, and a partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy to convene regional meetings of hospital and community teams with community development financial institutions to design intersectoral health improvement strategies.
He serves as the Co-Director of the California Health Workforce Alliance, as a member of the Board of Directors of Communities Joined in Action, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Trinity Health System.
Affordable Care Act Consulting
PHI will assist Hilltop Institute of the University of Maryland Baltimore County with preparation of an analytical paper for state policymakers on the implications of Form 990, Schedule H requirements that are part of the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative
PHS is partnering with OXS Consulting in the assessment of health career pathways systems development processes in California communities, with particular focus on Building Healthy Communities sites. The project is assisting in the design of technical support and funding strategies for The California Endowment's ACA (Affordable Care Act) Implementation Initiative.
Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare
This project will support health care transformation among senior leaders and board members of hospitals and health systems by increasing awareness, knowledge, and collaborative learning about improving population health. To accomplish this goal, PHI, the Governance Institute, and Stakeholder Health will engage three cohorts of senior leaders and board members in intensive retreats and follow-up coaching and an evaluation to assess impact. Learn more.
Assessment of Employer Need for Bay Area Community Health Workers
The project will develop a Bay Area-focused assessment of employer needs for community health workers, as well as an assessment of existing training programs and how these align with employer needs.
Building Healthy Communities - Hospital Community Benefit Engagement
The purpose of this grant is to apply findings and lessons learned from the collection and analysis of community benefit programming data in the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites to create deeper collaboration and partnership-building between local hospitals and a subset of six of the sites in City Heights, Santa Ana, Coachella, Long Beach, South Kern and East Oakland.
California Future Health Workforce Commission
Spearheaded by PHI's Kevin Barnett, the California Future Health Workforce Commission aims to help the state close the gap between the health workforce we have and the workforce we need. The Commission is composed of recognized senior leaders who represent California’s diversity and bring expertise from health, education, employment, labor, and government sectors. Staffing for the Commission comes from the Public Health Institute with support from California’s leading health philanthropies, including The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and California Health Care Foundation.
Co-chaired by Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, and Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, the Commission marks the first time that top statewide leaders from these sectors have coordinated efforts to address this issue. Commissioners will draft a master plan to bolster the health workforce with an emphasis on primary care, behavioral health, and care for the aging. Learn more about the Commission.
California Health Workforce Alliance: Core Mission Support
Current workforce development efforts in California are fragmented and lack the scale, optimal geographic distribution, and sustainability to address current and projected needs. The California Health Workforce Alliance will provide a dedicated infrastructure to develop and implement more systematic, coordinated health workforce solutions. It will also be a catalyst and innovator for delivery system and corresponding practice model change.
California Health Workforce Alliance: Core Mission Support
The California Health Workforce Alliance will provide a dedicated infrastructure to develop and implement more systematic, coordinated health workforce solutions. It will also be a catalyst and innovator for delivery system and corresponding practice model change that will create new models for the provision of services and workforce roles.
California Health Workforce Alliance: Tool Development
The goal of this project is to support the California Health Workforce Alliance's efforts to develop tools for ongoing dialogue, planning, policy development, coordination and action with sector partners and stakeholders.
California Health Workforce Core Operating Support
Core operating support for the California Health Workforce Alliance to continue to develop and implement statewide and regional strategies and policies to increase the diversity of the state’s health care workforce. Objectives include: continue to inform policymakers and opinion leaders about the need for a diverse health care workforce and continue to convene key stakeholders working toward diversity in the health professions across California at least three times annually as a learning exchange and to build relationships to strengthen the pipeline.
Collaboration with the State Health Workforce Development Council
The California Health Workforce Alliance will collaborate with the State Health Workforce Development Council and California workforce funders to guide discussions and recommendations for increasing workforce and diversity initiatives in the healthcare industry.
Community Health Workers, Promotores and the Triple Aim: Taking Innovation to Scale
The California Health Workforce Alliance (CHWA) is conducting a statewide assessment that examines specific contributions of community health workers (CHWs)/promotores (Ps) related to Triple Aim goals. A report of findings and recommendations that includes case profiles will be disseminated in July 2013. The report will build consensus among CHWA’s diverse membership and lay the groundwork for a second project to convene a statewide taskforce and implement strategies that take the engagement of CHWs/Ps to scale.
Evaluation of Community Clinic Efficiency
PHI is evaluating the operations of four clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and four in South Bend, Indiana. Stage one focuses on internal operations (e.g., staffing, service volume, efficiency), and stage two on contextual factors (e.g., preventable emergency department utilization, other area safety net clinics), to increase efficiency and effectiveness at the regional level.
Linking Community Benefit and Community Development
PHI will organize a meeting with officials from hospitals, financial institutions, businesses, and city and county government to develop a strategy for aligned investment in selected San Francisco neighborhoods. A template for meeting replication highlighting lessons learned, outcomes and a stepwise planning process for hosting similar meetings will be developed.
Primary Care Residency Project Implementation
The California Workforce Alliance will conduct a review and gap analysis, and then develop a strategic plan to increase the yield and distribution of primary care residency graduates aligned with projected needs.
Primary Care Workforce Development: A Review of Innovations and Opportunities
PHI will review Primary Care Workforce Development opportunities through environmental scans, conducting informant interviews, and developing report summaries.
Santa Rosa Hospital Community Benefit Program Review
Informed by the five core principles of the Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit (ASACB), PHI is conducting a formal review of 11 hospital community benefit programs in Santa Rosa, Calif. This continuous quality improvement process aims to facilitate the optimal use of limited charitable resources.
Strategy to Expand Success of the Healthy Community Initiative
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation partners with the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank on the Healthy Community Initiative, which works to enhance collaboration between community development and public health. This project with PHI will expand the initiative by developing a strategy to further build the connections between community development and health, and to develop health metrics to monetize health.
Tackling Hunger to Improve Health in Americans
To identify and address needs of food insecure patients with chronic disease PHI will conduct a health and economic burden study. Deliverables include exploratory evaluation of practices to identify and address needs of food insecure patients along with creation of tools for health system leadership. Learn more: http://www.phihungernet.org